City Council Eyes Raise for Mayor

The salary for the Woburn mayor is much lower than other nearby communities.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

A proposal before the Woburn City Council would increase the mayor’s salary immediately by $20,000 and then $10,000 each year until 2017.

The council agreed that the mayor’s salary should be increased. The question is how to go about increasing it. Does the council increase it now or wait until the end of Mayor Scott Galvin’s term? That’s what the City Council discussed at its last meeting, reported the Daily Times Chronicle

The proposal would increase the mayor’s current $73,000 salary to $93,000 immediately and then to:

  • $103,000 on July 1, 2015
  • $113,000 on July 1, 2016
  • $123,000 on July 1, 2017


The mayor’s position hasn’t received a raise since 2000 and supporters of raising the salary said the Woburn mayor is getting more than $20,000 less than “any other community of comparable size.” The salary would still be under the amount given to many town managers and town administrators in the area.

It’s also “lower than the increases received by other Woburn employees during the past 14 years,” according to the council’s resolution.

It’s a matter of fairness and getting qualified mayoral candidates, said supporters of the increase. 

"I agree the mayor's salary had been underfunded for years, and I'd support a tier type of adjustment, but I can't support a 30 percent increase for anything in the city right now," said Ward 2 Alderman Richard Gately, reported the Daily Times Chronicle.

"It's a matter of fairly compensating someone for the work they do," said Ward 7 Alderman Raymond Drapeau. "The mayor has to manage .. crises, the budget and personnel. We've had other mayors who have gone to Florida for the whole winter, but this mayor understands the job has evolved into a full-time position."

The City Council approved to refer the mater to the Committee on Ordinances.

lisa March 31, 2014 at 07:23 PM
No raise should be given until the next election, the elected position was advertised at $73000 and that's where it should stay, I'm sure people who did not run may have chosen to if they knew there would be a $30,000 pay hike !!!
garc2010 April 01, 2014 at 09:32 PM
I'm agreeing with GMan and lisa on this one, you need to fairly compensate the position to get a fair sized group of candidates running for office... uptowngirl; salaries are only part of the equation , rising medical and pension costs are driving much of the troubles municipalites are running into... and I agree with all that this should be decided now to go into effect after the next election...
Ellie April 01, 2014 at 10:16 PM
I agree with you all. After the next election. Is the fairest way to go.
Pat April 02, 2014 at 08:11 AM
First I would like to say that people who run for office should do so because they have a desire to better their community not for a paycheck. I don't think the salary has anything to do with the quality of the candidates. If this raise for the mayor is approved it should start after the next election for a one time raise and not burden the next budget. It is not known what fiscal problem we will have in the city in the coming years
GMan Extreme April 02, 2014 at 09:45 AM
It's a nice idea, but it's not realistic. It's still a job that needs compensation. If you didn't pay for the position at all, do you think you would get a good field of candidates? It's no different if you pay poorly for the position. This is like any other job in our world. An elected official is still a person that needs a measure of security from their job. They also need to eat to survive and probably have a family to support too. Offer a lousy salary, and someone who might have wanted to do good for the community will more often than not pass. Let's pay the appropriate salary for the position, and try to get qualified business people to apply. If we get candidates that don't need the money, then great. Good for them. Let's just hope they're working for us and not to inflate their ego.


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